The International Affairs interdisciplinary curriculum exposes students to courses in various disciplines while also giving students flexibility to select the courses and disciplines that interest them most.
Students who graduate with their B.A. in international affairs go on to work in a variety of fields — non-profit organizations, NGOs, positions in the government, banks, media and communications, research, public relations, education, corporate companies, and many others. IAF alumni currently hold positions in the U.S. Government, Peace Corps, United Nations, Amnesty International, the Smithsonian, Mass General Hospital, and Harvard University.
The B.A. in International Affairs begins with a core set of 6 courses that are required for all majors. This multidisciplinary set of courses includes coursework from international affairs, political science, anthropology, economics, and history.
Students are also required to select 3 regional analysis elective courses, at least two of which must be from one region. For example, students interested in Latin America could take a course on Latin American Politics and a course on Introduction to Latin American History. The third course could be in the same region (Latin America) or a different region. Regional options include Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Russia, and Africa.
To provide students with a comparative perspective of global issues, students are required to complement their regional specializations by taking 3 global dynamics courses. Students can choose from a wide-range of global options in various disciplines.
For both regionals and globals, students can choose the disciplines that interest them. For example, if a student is very interested in history, they could select appropriate courses offered by the history department to fulfill the regionals and globals.
The final course required for the major in International Affairs is the Senior Capstone course, which is a senior research and writing seminar that integrates and assesses the knowledge and skills developed by students participating in the International Affairs curriculum, including both experiential and classroom-based components. Requires student self-reflection as well as new research, analysis, and writing, which culminate in a final paper and presentation.
International Affairs Majors must also complete an “International Semester” to gain international experience through either a traditional study abroad semester, two Dialogue of Civilizations summer programs, or an international co-op.
Students majoring in International Affairs will have an additional foreign language requirement beyond the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. Students will be required to demonstrate language proficiency through intermediate level II (four semesters of foreign language).
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